Zodwa Msimanga – Primary Phase Facilitator
Tell us about your Education and Experience
I hold a Diploma and a B-Tech in Child and Youth Development and I am a qualified Child and Youth care worker. My experience focuses on providing counselling and designing daily therapeutic programs to help children and youth cope with their life situations. As a Trainer and Assessor for community Child and Youth care workers, I had the opportunity to learn from and work with educators from various schools and social-cultural backgrounds.
What does Learning mean to you?
I could compare learning to being thirsty and the only way to quenching this thirst is through continuous learning, knowledge and skills. Learning involves more than just knowing facts, it helps me understand the important things in life. For me, learning means gaining the necessary life skills and knowledge to help me throughout my adulthood, and lead my personal and professional development.
Tell us more about yourself
I am passionate about learning and children’s education. I am excited about finding out more on how children and youth can be continuously stimulated to be self-driven, excited and long to learn without being told to. I love creating an environment where children and youth are free to be themselves, express themselves without the fear of being judged, compared and belittled. I believe that children learn most when they are feeling happy, accepted, loved and cared for. I value the importance of viewing the child as a whole and a full member of the society with his or her own voice. Children should not only be seen but must be heard.
Zeyad Jeewa – Primary Phase Facilitator
Tell us about your Education and Experience
With a Bachelor degree in Social Sciences, I specialized in Media and Political Sciences, and then attained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education – Intermediate and Senior Phase. I have taught English, Social Sciences and Physical Education in the governmental schools of KwaZulu – Natal area.
What does Learning and Education mean to you?
Most often people think of education as something they can finish. I don’t believe that. I always encourage my learners to study hard on what interests them, in the most original manner possible. I believe that there are only three well-known and practiced educational methods – fear, ambition, and love. Here, as a facilitator at Open Minds Campus, I enjoy the privilege of being able to do without the first two methods. Learning and education’s highest endeavour must be to develop free human beings who are able to live their lives with meaningful purpose and direction. My goal as a teacher is best expressed by Albert Einstein, who says, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge”.
Tell us a bit more about yourself
I often see myself as a ‘big kid’. I am passionate about education and children. Every learner and his/her friendship represents a story of unexpected transformation.
I love video games and cartoons, so children find it easy to connect with me. I am a cat enthusiast, and I respect and appreciate living things.
Cristina Nanabhay – High-School Phase Facilitator
Tell us about your Experience?
I am a Mathematician, Educator, Entrepreneur and a passionate Social Developer. My work experience has focused primarily on Education of Mathematics and Science, as well as Social Integration and Development for under-privileged families. I work, learn and teach at the Open Minds Campus where I enjoy the privilege to facilitate the process of awakening the whole child towards creative responsibility, developing confident, balanced individuals empowered to work with the challenges of today and tomorrow.
What does Education and Learning mean to you?
Our social structures have created extremely complicated survival processes. A child’s ability to look at life with utter freshness and involvement is slowly disappearing. It is the duty and responsibility of our educational systems to bring that back. Education can hardly be a profession – it must be a passion. In the process of education, I feel that it is very important to see that the child does not lose his joyfulness, his spontaneity, or his ability to be truthful without any fear of consequence.
Here, at the Open Minds Campus, we are striving to create the environment where education is not about loading the child’s mind with information, but about making the child’s mind capable of razor sharp perception, capable of knowing life in its full depth and dimension.
Education is about expanding the horizons of human experience and becoming inclusive. Only in a state of inclusiveness can the empowerment of education become a bounty all of us may cherish.
Personal Interests and Development
I am a grateful mother of Aliya (age 13) and Hana (age 8). I am vegetarian and have a life-long interest in Health and Spiritual Well-Beingness – Yoga, Meditation and Alternative Healing.
I am Passionately Curious … about Everything!
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